A CCNE-accredited MSN with 3 pathways to nursing leadership.
Total Credits 36-39
Cost per Credit $695
- 100% online coursework — complete your clinical locally
- Earn your MSN degree in 2 short years
- No BSN required to apply
- Pick from 3 specializations — clinical nurse leader (CNL), nursing management and executive leadership, or nursing education
- Flexible start dates — six options each year
- Nursing positions are projected to grow 28% through 2028 — more than 5x the national average.1
You have the passion and commitment it takes to be a great nurse.
Now, gain the cutting-edge expertise you need to advance in the field and move beyond the bedside.
Rankings and Accolades
- Ranked among the best online graduate nursing programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
- No. 14 Best Value Online MSN Program by Value Colleges.
Sacred Heart’s MSN online program prepares you to face the challenges of modern health care head-on.
What Makes Us Unique?
Nursing expertise at every level. Sacred Heart University is known for its excellence in nursing education. With programs at all levels of study, from BSN to DNP, Sacred Heart has the resources, expertise, and pathways that can propel you to continued career advancement and longterm success.
The Human Journey. Sacred Heart believes in a whole-person approach to patient treatment and nurse leadership. We call it The Human Journey. You’ll explore what it means to be a human being through literature, philosophy, religion, sociology, and more.
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MICHELLE JOHNSON: Nursing is so much more than giving care at the bedside. I think, the more of us that are educated the more our profession grows.
LINDA MORROW: An MSN is required in many institutions for managerial positions and to accelerate your career goals.
MARIO WINFREY: We do have one of top 10 online programs, most particularly in the MSN program.
LINDA STRONG: What makes a Sacred Heart University experience unique is that all the curriculum is values driven. It gets the student back to why they wanted to be a nurse in first place.
DENISE JENNINGS: Our nursing program has been around for over 30 years. So it’s tried and true in its experiences and its knowledge, as well as its delivery methods.
MARLENE BECK-WILSON: Specialization is important in an MSN program because it sets you apart from other nurses with advanced degrees.
DENISE JENNINGS: We offer three specializations.
LINDA COOK: RNs should choose the Clinical Nurse Leader track if they love being a bedside nurse because they bring the most current evidence-based practice to the bedside in the multidisciplinary fashion.
LINDA MORROW: Students that choose the administration track are leaders in the organization or those who have a goal to be a nurse leader. The career goal for that student would be possibly to be a chief nursing executive at a hospital or a hospital system.
MICHELLE JOHNSON: I teach in the Nurse Ed track so I teach Nurses, actually, how to teach. I try to model behavior for my students. The kind of things that I want them to emulate when they become teachers.
MARLENE BECK-WILSON: Our faculty are all doctor prepared nurses. And we all have extensive experience in the specialties that we teach.
LINDA MORROW: Not only are our students from all over the country but our faculty are. And I think that brings together a richness to our program.
MICHELLE JOHNSON: When I taught in the face to face environment I used to always tell stories to my students. When I transitioned to online education I was kind of worried that I’d lose that component. But I share with them both my positive and negative experiences that I have had.
LINDA MORROW: I make myself available to online students in whatever way that they would like to communicate, whether it’s email, Skype or just picking up the phone and calling me.
MICHELLE JOHNSON: Coming to Sacred Heart you are going to be a leader in the nursing profession.
Accessible, Flexible and Customizable
Unlike many other MSN programs, the Master of Science in Nursing from Sacred Heart University doesn’t require a BSN to apply. Get your studies started faster by choosing between six start dates, and tailor your degree to your career with specializations in nursing education, leadership and management, and clinical nursing.
As a busy working nurse, you’ll benefit from the 24/7 flexibility and support of our asynchronous online curriculum. Study on your schedule, not ours.
In addition, we’ll help you create a curriculum map that shapes your program to fit your life. You can complete the MSN at your own pace, taking as long as six years or as few as two years to graduate.
Earning your MSN opens the door to a wide range of new opportunities, including educational, leadership and administrative positions.
Advanced practice nurses earned a median annual wage of $113,930 in 2018, with top-paying employers including educational institutions, doctor’s offices, and state, local and private hospitals.1
Overall, leading nursing positions are projected to grow 28 percent through 2028 — more than five times the national average.1
“Completing my MSN at SHU was a wonderful experience. Everyone I encountered was all very helpful and supportive, beginning with the admissions team, to tech support, to the professors. I couldn’t ask for a better learning experience and would recommend it to anyone looking to pursue their degree online.”
– Patricia F., Somerset, Mass., Master of Science in Nursing
Curriculum: No Residency Required
In the MSN curriculum’s four core courses, you will explore topics such as health care policy and ethics, the principles of health care research, and the underlying theories of contemporary nursing.
Customize your degree with a specialization made up of 8 to 9 courses. Each specialization concludes with a practicum you can complete near you — or internationally through our global programs initiative.PREVIEW COURSES
Program Outcomes: Excel in Today’s Diverse Health Care Community
You will complete Sacred Heart’s Master of Science in Nursing ready to:
- Understand complex organizational structures and the future role of nursing
- Improve health care safety, quality and patient outcomes with interprofessional collaboration
- Apply a background in sciences and the humanities to your practice
- Provide organizational and systems leadership
- Translate and integrate academic research into your practice
- Harness informatics and other new technologies to improve your patient care
Find Your Nursing Specialty
Set yourself apart from other nurses with an MSN specialization. Whether you want to advance your bedside skills, educate the next generation or become a leader of other nurses, we have a specialization that suits you.
You may also be interested in our Family Nurse Practitioner program, which prepares you to provide primary care to all ages.
To apply to the Master of Science in Nursing, you need:
- Completed application
- Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited college, or BA/BS in a related field
- Unencumbered U.S. RN license in your home state and a copy of any other license
- Completed criminal background check
- Proof of individual and professional liability insurance coverage
- Statement of professional goals
- Two recommendation letters (one from a professional nursing peer, one from a supervisor in a recent healthcare position)
- Official transcripts of all prior nursing and academic work
- Prerequisite courses in statistics and a health assessment
No GRE score is required for this program, and you can transfer in up to 12 credits from master’s-level courses.APPLY NOW
This 36–39 credit hour program costs $695 per credit hour, for an estimated tuition of $25,020–$27,105.
That’s less than the average Master of Science in Nursing program2 and that’s why ours was ranked 2018’s No. 14 Best Value Online MSN Program by Value Colleges.
Affordability and transparency are priorities at SHU. We want you to have everything you need in order to make a decision about investing in a high-quality education.TUITION AND FEES
Faculty: Award-Winning, Doctor-Prepared Nurses
In the MSN program, you will work directly with our doctorally prepared faculty. They have years of experience in their nursing specialties, extensive scholarly credentials, and cutting-edge knowledge from the field.
These award-winning professors are available to support you as you take the next step in your nursing journey.
Accommodate your busy schedule and learn when and where it’s convenient for you. As an online student, you’ll work with the same accomplished faculty, receive one-on-one support and benefit from the same opportunities as our on-campus students.ONLINE AT SHU
At Sacred Heart University, we strive to keep our programs affordable and encourage you to explore all of your financial aid options, including federal aid, military benefits and available scholarships.FINANCIAL AID
Frequently Asked Questions
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You can take as long as six years to complete the program.
- Current, unencumbered RN license
- Bachelor’s degree in any field with a 3.0 GPA
- Official transcripts of all prior nursing and academic work
- Statement of professional goals: Why do you wish to pursue the MSN at SHU? Describe a significant accomplishment in your career or as a student that has prepared you to pursue graduate studies in nursing. In addition, please describe 2–3 professional goals.
- Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a direct supervisor): Must be from an employer, professor or a member of the medical/nursing profession and be written within the last two years.
- Proof of malpractice insurance ($1,000,000/$3,000,000)
- Prerequisite courses in statistics, health assessment and research
- The Nursing Education specialization requires 180 clinical hours
- The Nursing Management and Executive Leadership specialization requires 120 clinical hours
- The Clinical Nurse Leader specialization requires 348 clinical hours
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved October 1, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm#tab-1.
- GetEducated.com (n.d.). The 16 Best Affordable RN to MSN Online Programs. Retrieved October 1, 2019, from https://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-rn-to-msn-online.